Adopting a child is a big decision, and it should not be taken lightly. Whether you are adopting a step child, a child from a relative, or an adult of legal age, you need to go into it with an open mind and heart.
However, that doesn’t mean you should balk at the chance of giving them a brighter future and a loving home. Here are some common questions most adoptive parents like you ask:
How much money do I need to make to be able to adopt?
Contrary to popular belief, adoption does not have to cost an arm and a leg. While private adoptions can go up to 5 figures, adopting from foster care costs little to nothing at all.
Besides this, several families can benefit from monthly stipends that are provided by the state. Many also work with parents to ensure their wards receive the medical care they need.
However, that does not mean that there are no expenses involved at all. While you will receive a list of expenses from the adoption agency, you have to take care of expenses that may not be listed.
Plus if you are involved in an open adoption that includes visits, you have to take travel expenses into account as well. Additionally, if your ward has medical needs, you will have to create a budget that incorporates hospital bills, appointment charges, and costs for transportation and food.
Do I need to be married to adopt?
No, you do not need to have a spouse to be eligible to adopt. However, if you are adopting from another country, you should seek aid from professionals beforehand. Some countries do not allow single parents to adopt, and fewer still allow single men to adopt.
If you wish to choose from foster care locally, you can adopt as a single parent. Plus, if you and your partner are not married in the eyes of the state but still wish to adopt, you can do so independently. Most states only allow individuals to adopt even if they are not legally wed to their partners.
Are the birth parents involved?
Yes and no. If you wish to adopt domestically, you can have an open relationship with the birth parents. This trend has picked up in global cases as well. Make the transition easier for yourself and your ward by establishing a plan that works well for the birth parents.
This includes the number of letters, emails, phone calls, or visits you can expect from them. Of course, the decision lies with you and how you want to maintain this unique relationship. Be prepared for the fact that it will evolve as time passes but remember, your priority is the child or the young adult in your care, not his/her former parents.
That is not to say that you should keep the birth parents at a distance indefinitely. By understanding what they are going through, you can get insight into the child’s psyche which will only help you be a better parent.
Whether you wish to adopt a step child, a child from foster care or an adult of legal age (18+), you should be able to do so without stressing out.
Adopting a child does not have to be a challenge. Rapid Adoption can help you through the process without the need for an attorney. Call us now by dialing 1-877-626-2698.